Stories by FSA Andy

2010 DCP and ACRE signup will end June 1, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hello Everyone! Spring is one of my favorite seasons, especially this year after the cold, white winter we endured. It has never been more exciting to feel the warm sunshine with the cool breeze, to view the new spring growth, and to hear the loud roars of the tractors as the farmers being their spring […]

FSA encourages producers to report prevented planting, failed crop acreage

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! With spring planting upon us, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers to report any prevented planting acreage or failed crop acreage that will not be brought to harvest to their local FSA office. Failed acreage must be reported to FSA before destroying and replanting […]

FSA Andy says farm storage facility policy is changing

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recent changes have been made to USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. It has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligibility To be eligible, cold storage facilities must have […]

FSA’s guaranteed loan program assists farmers, agricultural lenders

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hello again, friends; The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. The guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender such as a bank, savings and loan, or Farm Credit. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and […]

FSA youth loan program gives teens a helping hand

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hello again, The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to help rural youth establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to their participation in 4-H or FFA, and the project must be planned and operated with the assistance of their adviser and parents. The project must produce sufficient […]

FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist beginning farmers and/or members of socially disadvantaged groups to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. Each fiscal year FSA targets a portion of its loan funds to beginning […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hello again, I cannot recall a February with this much snow and indeed in many places record snowfall has been recorded, and the month is not over. I neglected to connect the electric fence after feeding the cows last Saturday morning and upon checking them in the afternoon found my biggest cow had simply stepped […]

Black History Month: Garrett Morgan’s inventions leave mark in Ohio

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hello Again! This certainly will be a February to remember for years to come. Snow days My daughter is beginning to think that she is being home schooled. It is good to have time together as a family and we are very grateful that our electricity and heat have remained on. Many of our neighbors […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 4

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hi, Again! It is that time of year again to update everyone with some old information. The following are some reminders that will help you stay in compliance with program regulations throughout the year. Payment limitation requirements. USDA payments are subject to producer eligibility and payment limitation provisions. After applicable forms have been filed to […]

Farm program deadlines fast approaching!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello Again! Last minute news! The deadline for accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program is quickly approaching. And that’s putting it lightly. Grassland Reserve Program The deadline for submitting Grassland Reserve Program applications is Jan. 29 for applicants to submit offers for Grassland Reserve Program easement funding in 2010 and Feb. 12 for Grassland […]

FSAA Andy for Jan. 21, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Greetings! Kermit the Frog once said “It ain’t easy being green.” Well Kermit, it ain’t easy trying to comprehend the SUpplement REvenue (SURE) program either! County offices are trying to dig out from under the complex program regulations while questions about the program are piling up. Let’s just talk about some of the basic information […]

Ask FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hello Again. Changes, changes, changes. That’s what the Farm Service Agency is all about. 2010 is no exception as the new year brings about new regulations. Over the course of the next several months, you will hear about an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) verification process. More than likely, each local FSA office will inform their […]

Ask FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hello Again! Congratulations to all the newly elected and re-elected county committee members. Their responsibilities begin immediately, as the first official meeting this month will require the necessary tasks to organize the new committee. Of most importance, they will nominate a committee adviser to speak on behalf of under-represented groups. Currently, the committee consists of […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 24, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dear producers: You probably know that one needs to have a little bit of patience and a lot of time when working in one of these offices. Today, as I celebrate my birthday, I can tell you it feels like the time is running out . . . Every dairy farmer should have heard about […]

Ask FSA Andy By FSA Andy

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hello Again! I hope you are sorting out the farm bills and FSA papers as need be as we wrap up the end of this year. As many of you are meeting with your landlords over holiday cookies and milk, make sure you have your lease agreements up to speed and that you notify your […]

FSA Andy for Dec. 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dear farmers: In the midst of the holiday bustle we need to catch up on paperwork after the long harvest season. I still have several farmers that have corn in the field and can’t deliver it to the elevator that it’s contracted to. With that thought in mind, here are some Farm Service Agency programs […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 26, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hello again, Farming this year has presented many challenges to our hard working and dedicated farmers. I know that one of the big challenges this fall is making ends meet and cash flowing your farm business needs. USDA may be able to help you obtain some quick cash if you own some harvested grain that […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hello Again! I know you have been working hard to finish harvesting, but now is the time to plan ahead concerning your 2010 crops. At your local FSA office, you can buy an insurance policy on any of your perennial crops that are not insurable by Federal Crop Insurance. This program is called the Noninsured […]

FSA Andy for Nov. 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hello friends, Fall is a wonderful time of year to appreciate how beautiful Ohio and Pennsylvania can be. As my farmers have been working long hours to try to complete their harvests, the fall colors have been just spectacular this year. Of course, fall weather can be different from day to day, too. I know […]

FSA Andy for Oct. 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hello again, friends! Halloween at my house usually brings a pleasant diversion from harvest, or lack of harvest as the case may be. The kids always start planning their Halloween alter-egos several weeks in advance. Of course, there is some parental guidance. “No, you can not be a belly dancer” and “No, you can not […]

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FSA Andy is written by USDA Farm Service Agency county executive directors in northeastern Ohio.